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Big Ten College Football Teams

Can you guess the schools that compete in the Big Ten AND their team names?
The Big "Ten" will expand to 18 teams in 2024
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First submittedAugust 17, 2011
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School
Team Name
Illinois
Fighting Illini
Indiana
Hoosiers
Iowa
Hawkeyes
Maryland
Terrapins
Michigan
Wolverines
Michigan State
Spartans
Minnesota
Golden Gophers
Nebraska
Cornhuskers
Northwestern
Wildcats
School
Team Name
Ohio State
Buckeyes
Oregon
Ducks
Penn State
Nittany Lions
Purdue
Boilermakers
Rutgers
Scarlet Knights
UCLA
Bruins
USC
Trojans
Washington
Huskies
Wisconsin
Badgers
44 Comments
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Level 91
Mar 10, 2014
14 in the 10 now? When will the inanity end? (and no, I didn't forget an s.)
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Level 51
Jul 28, 2014
I know, right? Now there's 10 teams in the Big 12 too.
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Level 37
Jul 29, 2014
There hasn't been 10 teams in the Big Ten since 1990, so does it even matter anymore?
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Level 65
May 16, 2017
Yes it does matter -- they should change the names of these conferences. It was extremely foolish and short-sighted to have given conferences names such as Big 10 or Big 12 in the first place. This would have been like originally naming the US "United 13 States of America" -- ignorant enough to think the number of states (or, in this case number of teams in conferences) would never change.
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Level 66
Dec 1, 2017
There are only 4 guys in the band 5 Guys Named Moe. There is no accountability.
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Level 66
Dec 1, 2017
And not one is named Moe.
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Level 76
Jan 9, 2024
It doesn't end at 14 let me tell you
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Level 33
Aug 4, 2014
can you add red knights for scarlet knights?
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Level 47
Aug 20, 2014
No, the mascot of the team is the scarlet knights not the red knights.
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Level 63
Jan 27, 2022
"Can you add yellow knights for golden knights?"
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Level 67
Aug 20, 2014
Is "Fighting" really necessary for Illinois' nickname when "Golden" is not necessary for Minnesota's? I kept thinking I had misspelled a 6-letter word -- granted, putting all those I's and L's together can look confusing -- until I went back and put "Fighting" in front.
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Level 84
Sep 2, 2017
From 1971 thru 1987 Illinois' side helmet decals featured a single word: "ILLINI". If they refer to themselves simply as the "ILLINI", then I think that is a compelling reason to accept just "Illini" as a correct answer.
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Level 73
Sep 3, 2017
As an Illinois alum, I would support the shortened version on the quiz. There is a limit - Nittany is absolutely necessary as part of Penn State, for example. And I can see how a Minnesota alum might support the shortened form of the team name. But - using the example of how the team refers to itself - at Northwestern, they say (all the time) "Go Cats" and the team of course is the Wildcats. I don't think my son (recent NU alum) would agree with just using "Cats" for the school. Oh, and before I forget, "What's a Hoosier?" :) Sorry IU alums, I had to do that.
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Level 66
Dec 19, 2014
Constant realignment makes these types of quizzes pretty difficult.
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Level 60
Jan 9, 2024
I have just the thing for you!
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Level 15
Apr 13, 2015
GO BUCKEYES
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Level 31
May 25, 2016
100%
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Level 63
Sep 18, 2016
Go U, NU!

MSU and OSU should be accepted for Mich. St. and Ohio St.

UMAA, UMTC, UIUC, UMD/UMCP, UNL should also be accepted for Michigan (Ann Arbor), Minnesota (Twin Cities), Illinois (Urbana-Champaign), Maryland (College Park), and Nebraska (Lincoln)

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Level 43
Apr 20, 2017
MSU and OSU, yes. The rest, no.
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Level 73
Sep 3, 2017
UIUC is a pretty specific usage for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Just "Illinois" could technically refer to any of the three campuses - Chicago and Sangamon (Springfield) are also home to separate campuses, albeit with independent sports (in the case of UIC - UofI Chicago - I don't think UIS actually has a sports program, at least Division I level).
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Level 75
Dec 4, 2016
Penn State - Big 10 football champs.
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Level 45
Mar 24, 2017
Not to mention Michigan handed you guys a whooping in Ann Arbor 49-10. The B1G conference is messed up with PSU, UM, MSU, and OSU all in the same division with Wisconsin being the only good team in the other division. Maybe we should go back to the Leaders/legends for the divisions rather than east/west so we can actually avoid those three or four way ties in the east division.
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Level 67
Feb 11, 2020
As a Wisconsin fan, I prefer the current method
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Level 68
Jun 6, 2017
1:45 to spare, good quiz.
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Level 65
Sep 2, 2017
Big Ten? Never heard of it!
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Level 65
Sep 5, 2017
Some clue as to the country and sport in the question is essential. Yeah I got zero!
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Level 59
Sep 5, 2017
Only missed Maryland's and Rutgers's mascots. The hell is a terrapin?
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Level 84
Sep 28, 2017
A really, really scary broach.
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Level 84
Sep 12, 2022
It's a turtle
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Level 56
Sep 13, 2017
It's a turtle. Or, it's the highest order of angels, above seraphim, cherubim and paraffin.
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Level 81
Aug 16, 2018
I have no idea what this quiz is about.
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Level 63
Oct 30, 2019
This should be labeled as a Big Ten Sports quiz, as any other usage would include the University of Chicago, which de-emphasized athletics and left the Big Ten many years ago in sports but remains in academics. Also, when you have the chance always use B1G when writing Big Ten!
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Level 83
Aug 16, 2022
This one's going to need some updating soon
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Level 65
Sep 12, 2022
I think different people (myself included) would appreciate some more context along with the question or instructions, as not everyone knows what big10 means. I could've gotten some answers right with a few extra words in the instructions or title.
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Level 83
Sep 12, 2022
Didn't you know?

Only Americans, and American knowledge, matter

the rest of us can just suck it up -_-

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Level 82
Jan 9, 2024
Me too. I saw big ten and was guessing Man City, Real Madrid etc.
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Level 65
Sep 12, 2022
Trying to think of Midwest universities, and Maryland and Rutgers are not on that list >.>

Even worse when UCLA and USC are in

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Level 51
Sep 16, 2022
You missed UCLA. Go Bruins.
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Level 74
Mar 15, 2023
It's rare for me to get zero, but here we are.
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Level 70
Jan 9, 2024
rip pac-12
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Level 77
Jan 9, 2024
With USC and Maryland added, the big 10 officially spans the entire continental USA. What a joke.
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Level ∞
Jan 9, 2024
Agreed. What happened to the Pac 12 was a disgrace.

Also, with the new licensing and transfer rules I wonder what incentive there is for small schools to compete.

In the past, maybe a school like Indiana could get lucky with a few recruits and make a run. Now a powerhouse like Ohio State can just poach their best players and say "come to Ohio State" and you'll make 5x as much on jersey sales.

What incentive do the smaller schools have to just get trampled every year?

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Level 89
Jan 9, 2024
Well, there will be some interesting matchups next year...if in name only. Spartans vs Trojans? Huskies vs Wildcats? Bruins vs Nittany Lions? ;)
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Level 67
Jan 10, 2024
Seeing this quiz updated physically pains me